I just did my rear main seal a couple hours ago and it was a PITA! One of the oil pan bolts broke in the block (of course not one thats easy to reach either!) Once all the oil pan bolts were out the pan was still on like it was cemented to the block, took about an hour to get a gasket scraper tool in between the block and pan and around it far enough to finally break it loose. The gasket was so old it was ridiculously hard to scrape off took another hour to do that. Drilled out the old bolt that broke and put the pan back on will hellicoil it some other time. Then sat there with a center punch trying to beat the rear main seal out for a while. Thankfully that only took about 20 minutes and wasn't nearly as bad as yours. Guess the point of the story is I feel your pain! Not as badly as you do but you are not alone brother!
87 YJ 4.2L, Weber 32/36, rear bumper tire carrier, nutter bypass, RE 4 inch lift, SYE, AX 15, lined the body tub
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